Camas city councilors approved the city’s biennial 2019-2020 budget at their Dec. 17 meeting but will have to wait until January to make a decision on funding additional positions in the Camas-Washougal Fire Department.
During the budget process, Camas councilors have discussed the possibility of adding four firefighters and a deputy marshal or fire inspector to the department. The department covers Camas and Washougal, and Washougal pays Camas for its share of the department’s services every year based on a formula. Washougal officials told Camas they don’t have the funds to pay their portion of the proposed new hires.
Camas has space in the budget for those five positions but might not hire people for all of them depending on how much Washougal is willing to pay.